Biographical Material

Short Bio:

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist, and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.

Long Bio:

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Blaine is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook. He also co-authored “Genetics for Genealogy” with Judy Russell in 2018’s Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (ProGen PPS) (Elizabeth Shown Mills, Author and Editor).

Blaine is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. Blaine is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 21, a trustee for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Photograph (to be used only with permission, click to enlarge):


11 Responses

  1. Jona 1 February 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Do you have any updates on the three big DNA services which are more recent?
    Do you have links to any web sites which do?

  2. Trina 8 March 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Can you get back with me about this form of genealogy i love love to do my research but wish to perfect my skill set can you refer me to official training modules etc?

  3. Shannon Reese 4 October 2017 / 6:32 pm

    Hi Blaine,

    I work with The California Genealogical Society as the marketing director/blog editor and would like to use your headshot in various blog posts that we will have coming up to promote your March 2018 event with us.

    Would you grant me general permission to use the above headshot in promotional materials & blog posts?

    Thank you,

    Shannon Reeese

  4. Ms. Sam Giordano 21 April 2018 / 11:26 am

    I am the Vice President – Programs for the Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society and would like to know if you would consider presenting via GoToMeeting?

    The date is October 20, 2018 at 11:00a.m. PST

    Thank you for considering this request

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